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Re: “Live: Ian Hunter lives up to lifelong expectations at Motorco

An exceptionally crafted review. I'm a far less eloquent journo and have loved Mott and Ian Hunter since going to see them in 73 at the Oxford New Theatre when I was at Reading University. I have the DVDs of his recent concerts and attended the one at the now-defunct Astoria and the Mott reunion at Hammersmith. David Klein's eloquent words reflect my thoughts and he is so right about Hunter's voice - half-shout, speak-singing and charmingly patchy pipes. I have had so much pleasure from listening to Ian, Roxy Music, David Bowie and early Lou Reed over the years that I forget how much I owe them.

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Posted by Patrick Weaver on 11/07/2014 at 2:54 AM

Re: “Theater review: Chicago composer John Kander doesn't stick The Landing

The following represents a different perspective.,,

Sometimes classical music fans enjoy a symphony concert, and at other times a chamber music concert of Beethoven’s “late quartets”. Sometimes it is great to see a large-scale musical on Broadway or on tour at DPAC and enjoy big production numbers, but it is also delightful to see a work such as The Landing, a set of three small jewels now at the Deep Dish Theater. For this work, John Kander, who wrote the music for Cabaret and Chicago, has now brought us a chamber musical. At the Deep Dish we see four musicians accompanying four actors playing different roles in three short works. Instead of bringing us another big musical, 86-year-old John Kander has brought us his own late quartets.

Last year Kander teamed up with 35-year-old playwright Greg Pierce to bring us The Landing in New York. This fall, Paul Frellick of Deep Dish Theater is staging The Landing for its second time. Paul Frellick’s direction is spare, clean, and not self-indulgent. What adds to the stories’ poignancy is the use of the unamplified instruments and voices.

One of the themes of the three stories is that of loneliness and the longing -- and need -- for companionship of different kinds. You will also find common themes among the three stories made clear in the third play, but that each has its own unique twist.

The acting is all top-level. In the second, Mark Ridenour gives an extraordinary performance. Yet he still gives actress Erin Tito enough room to perform amazingly in what is the lead role. With disciplined acting, the second story is a well-crafted example of the theater of the absurd. Equal to the first two actors – and giving us an acting clinic of his own -- is John Allore in a series of small cameos (some of which are stunning) and well as principal roles. The three actors work well-together with performances by thirteen-year-old Neil Bullard that are also quite good. Under Frellick’s direction, the ensemble plays well together in all three chamber musicals.

In the future, playwright Greg Pierce could certainly write larger-scale plays or musical dramas. But many of us would also be delighted if he and Kander kept working on their own, small-scale works until Kander is 96.

Don’t miss “The Landing” at the Deep Dish Theater. Its three chamber musicals are jewels.

Rich Haney, Chapel Hill

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Posted by RichHaney on 11/06/2014 at 9:31 PM

Re: “John Rhodes: The guy with nine U.S. Senate votes

I wonder if this news conference is what has put John Rhodes under the spotlight:

Posted by Vallee Bubak on 11/06/2014 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Live: Ian Hunter lives up to lifelong expectations at Motorco

He should be in R&R hall of fame !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The man is a genius !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP ROCKIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Dennis Romano on 11/06/2014 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Live: Ian Hunter lives up to lifelong expectations at Motorco

I have been a fan for 38 yrs, I am going to see him live for the first time Nov. 15th in Cleveland Oh. I am on cloud 9 with excitment !!! Thank you for your review just excites me more !!! I was 12 when I bought the first album of his and have been hooked every since ....

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Posted by Yvonne Smith on 11/06/2014 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Live: Ian Hunter lives up to lifelong expectations at Motorco

I've been a fan of Ian Hunter for over 30 years but had never seen him live. I guess this was a 'bucket list' show for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the concert. Hunter still has it - at 75 years young. My fiancee, who is not that familiar with his songs, was moved to tears by the lyrics and heartfelt performance of “Michael Picasso." Great show by a living legend.

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Posted by Mark Beckett on 11/06/2014 at 6:44 PM

Re: “John Rhodes: The guy with nine U.S. Senate votes

Exactly Ann. These people only know how to capitalize on misinformation.

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Posted by Christian Hine on 11/06/2014 at 5:52 PM

Re: “John Rhodes: The guy with nine U.S. Senate votes

Only one county boe has yet reported the write-in counts

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Posted by Ann Stokes on 11/06/2014 at 5:30 PM

Re: “John Rhodes: The guy with nine U.S. Senate votes

John Rhodes is a Ron Paul Revolutionary. "Constitutional conservative" is code for Ron Paul revolutionary. It's the only way Ron Paul libertarians can fool real conservatives into voting for them, because they lose elections.

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Posted by Lori Jones Bardsley on 11/06/2014 at 5:14 PM

Re: “John Rhodes: The guy with nine U.S. Senate votes

These comments are so funny.

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Posted by Lori Jones Bardsley on 11/06/2014 at 5:09 PM

Re: “John Rhodes: The guy with nine U.S. Senate votes

You are wrong on several counts. First of all there were three official write in candidates, and basically all three we're "to the right of Tillis". Tillis is only conservative in the mildest sense of the word. Tillis is not only a "statist" but a big government supporter as well. He has flipped on Obamacare a few times, once even stating "it's a good idea" and now he is even supporting more Medicare. Not only has he supported the theft of toll road money by a foreign entity, he has been against the lowering of the gas tax (we have the highest gas tax of any of our neighbors in the South). He was however in favor of giving away tax breaks to Hollywood Corporate interests.

The idea that John Rhodes only got 9 votes is a fallacy. I have talked to my local county Board of Elections and basically they have until next Friday (the 14th) to finalize their vote totals. They have counted the marks for write ins but not tallied who they are for.

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Posted by Matthew Collins on 11/06/2014 at 5:09 PM

Re: “John Rhodes: The guy with nine U.S. Senate votes

I wrote in John Rhodes in Cabarrus County. And know of others who did...

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Posted by davidtreece on 11/06/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “John Rhodes: The guy with nine U.S. Senate votes

I don't know who is kidding who here, but did the BOE throw away all of the John Rhodes write in votes? My friends and family amount to more than 20 just in my small circle alone. Someone is deliberately misleading the public on this. It would be nice to know who it is. Of course we know the NC BOE website was malfunctioning on election heaven only knows what other funny business is going on. This supposed "news" report is rubbish!

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Posted by Free Pass on 11/06/2014 at 4:54 PM

Re: “John Rhodes: The guy with nine U.S. Senate votes

The BOE is wrong. They have separated out Rhodes for some reason. I know more than nine people voted or him. Using the logic you guys are assuming, neither David Waddell nor Barry Gurney voted for themselves. They too were qualified write ins. The boe is using a new system...and it is buggy. Nothing to see here.

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Posted by Christian Hine on 11/06/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “John Rhodes: The guy with nine U.S. Senate votes

Maybe Tillis didn't win the election after all. I live in Mecklenburg County and my write-in vote for John Rhodes is not counted as well as my husband's and dozens of others. John's wife and friends are also not counted. Can we trust the Board of Elections? Apparently not.

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Posted by Vallee Bubak on 11/06/2014 at 4:42 PM

Re: “All but two holdouts leaving the troubled Velvet Cloak Inn

How can an owned property be foreclosed on?

Posted by Steve Faulkner on 11/06/2014 at 4:20 PM

Re: “N.C. Constitutional Amendment

You mentioned, "provided that they aren't pressured by their lawyers to waive their jury trial rights." And how would you enforce that?? And how much pressure will public defenders be under to 'encourage' defendants to waive a their right to trial by jury in order to save the state the expense of a jury trial? This is just another opportunity for the judicial system to fall short on the proper representation of those who cannot afford an attorney. Time for a reality check, Indy!

Posted by BetsyRogers on 11/06/2014 at 3:34 PM

Re: “John Rhodes: The guy with nine U.S. Senate votes

John Rhodes doesn't like Tillis, but he loves his country, so he probably held his nose and voted for Tillis (really, against Hagan).

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Posted by sealevelinfo on 11/06/2014 at 3:16 PM

Re: “North Carolina is one of the top 10 deadliest states for bicyclists

It's a state law that motorcycles must have headlghts on at all times. With the advent of LEDs making bright bicycle headlights much more viable, I wonder if it'd be helpful for bikes to use daytime headlights also ?

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Posted by JE on 11/06/2014 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Cary artist's exhibit reminds us of the cost of war

Ceremony Fiday at the Capitol, 5 p.m. One other note that I didn't manage to get into the column: The holiday that we now call Veterans Day was originally -- after World War I -- called Armistice Day. It was dedicated to the proposition that, peace having come, we should strive to never repeat the horror of war. President Woodrow Wilson said, when proclaiming the first Armistice Day in 1919:

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

Here's a quick Wikipedia piece on the subject of the holiday's origins:

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 11/06/2014 at 12:10 PM

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